A Carioca Bike Tour

November 19th, 2012

Health and fitness are top priorities with ViX designer Paula Hermanny and cycling is one of her favorite ways to stay active.  Much more than a healthy habit, cycling can also be a way to sightsee and reconnect with nature.

Rio de Janeiro, cidade maravilhosa or “marvelous city” is an ideal city for touring by bicycle.   With its natural beauty and inspiring culture, Rio offers a variety of charming stops along the way.  The city’s carefree and energetic beach culture make bike riding a fun and easy way to spend any given Sunday.

 

A Look Fit For a Carioca Joy Ride

A versatile cover-up comes in handy for cycling, while a ripple bikini underneath keeps you beach-bound ready.  Strappy sandals tie securely to your feet and a carry-all tote holds all your essentials for the day.

 

Beachy Beginnings

Leblon is a beach that is both beautiful and bicycle friendly!  Start with its scenic bike path and end with a short dip near Poste 12 for a refreshing break during your ride.

 

Refuel Lakeside

Continue on the waterfront bike path to Rua Vinicius de Moraes and down to the Lagoa “lake” Rodrigo de Freitas.  Upon reaching the lake, turn right towards Park Cantagalo to find the fun and delicious Palaphita.  This café serves brunch, with its main specialty being tapioca-based dishes that are both natural and healthy.   

 

Market Stop

After the lake, continue down Rua Vinicius de Moraes towards Praça General Osorio.  This next stop will lead you to the Feira Hippie or "Hippie’s Fair".  This traditional street market is held every Sunday and is the perfect place to find locally crafted art, accessories and souvenirs. 

 

Lunch Break with a View

Cycle back to the beach and treat yourself to fresh fish and seafood, against a backdrop of the iconic Arpoador.  Paula’s restaurant of choice would be Azul Marinho, a place reputable even among the locals.

 

 

Sunset Toast

Finish off a day of touring Rio by watching the sunset from the poolside lounge of Hotel Fasano.  The hotel’s rooftop offers a panoramic vista of Arpoador, Corcovado and the Two Brothers—breathtaking wonders right in the Carioca’s backyard!

Photography Credits

Leblon: MULTI Out of Line

Palaphitas and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas: Rafael Salles

Feira Hippie and Ipanema: Rafael Salles & MULTI Out of Line

Arpoador: MULTI Out of Line & Marcos Freire Gurgel

Hotel Fasano: Rafael Salles & Hotel Fasano